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Alba Full Stereo Headphones

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  • The left headphone suddenly stopped working
  • bad listening experience
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      17.01.2016 21:29
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      • "Beautifull Design"

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      Good HeadPhone

      I was first of all surprised by how nice these feel, for very cheap headphones like these they have a quality feel both when handled and afterwards while they're being worn. The ear pad is a very good fake leather and it's padded to create a comfortable and effective seal against my skin and ear, the headband is very plastic looking and that spoils the effect a bit but after a few uses the plastic lost its shine and scuffed up enough to look less new. The headband can be adjusted but not by much, my head is average size (I think and hope!!) and they fit me comfortably enough but that's with the headband opened quite widely so I don't think someone with a larger head would be so comfortable. The headband can be closed to fit smaller heads, my friends son is a big six year old and he's worn these headphones before now without them slipping off his head through being too big but my boyfriend only tried them out once and complained that there was too much pressure around his ears because he had to open the headband so much.
      The cable is over 2 metres long, closer to 3 metres I think, and ends in a 3.5mm standard jack. This was good for my purposes as I was completing my French listening exercises sitting at my desktop PC so with a long length cable like this I could lean back in my chair to concentrate on the speech without having to huddle near my modem where the headphone socket is. The jack will obviously fit other stereo equipment as long as it has a standard size socket but the plastic part that houses the jacks is quite bulky so these aren't headphones I think many people would be comfortable using with their portable music because this plastic would make your pocket stick out and it seems silly to buy a small iPod or MP3 player only to make it much bulkier with the jack section.
      There's a volume control on the cable but it's located very low down and because there's no cable clip I can't shorten the cable to bring it upwards for ease of turning the volume up and down, it's a bad design all round because of this and also because the volume slider stopped working after I'd only owned the headphones for two weeks. I could have returned them for this but didn't because I didn't use the headphone volume control much so it wasn't worth the journey back to Argos.

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      23.10.2015 13:51
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      Advantages

      • Comfortable
      • "Look good"
      • "Very cheap"

      Disadvantages

      • "Poor quality on some tracks"
      • "The left headphone suddenly stopped working"

      Not such a bargain as you think

      I was first of all surprised by how nice these feel, for very cheap headphones like these they have a quality feel both when handled and afterwards while they're being worn. The ear pad is a very good fake leather and it's padded to create a comfortable and effective seal against my skin and ear, the headband is very plastic looking and that spoils the effect a bit but after a few uses the plastic lost its shine and scuffed up enough to look less new. The headband can be adjusted but not by much, my head is average size (I think and hope!!) and they fit me comfortably enough but that's with the headband opened quite widely so I don't think someone with a larger head would be so comfortable. The headband can be closed to fit smaller heads, my friends son is a big six year old and he's worn these headphones before now without them slipping off his head through being too big but my boyfriend only tried them out once and complained that there was too much pressure around his ears because he had to open the headband so much.

      The cable is over 2 metres long, closer to 3 metres I think, and ends in a 3.5mm standard jack. This was good for my purposes as I was completing my French listening exercises sitting at my desktop PC so with a long length cable like this I could lean back in my chair to concentrate on the speech without having to huddle near my modem where the headphone socket is. The jack will obviously fit other stereo equipment as long as it has a standard size socket but the plastic part that houses the jacks is quite bulky so these aren't headphones I think many people would be comfortable using with their portable music because this plastic would make your pocket stick out and it seems silly to buy a small iPod or MP3 player only to make it much bulkier with the jack section.

      There's a volume control on the cable but it's located very low down and because there's no cable clip I can't shorten the cable to bring it upwards for ease of turning the volume up and down, it's a bad design all round because of this and also because the volume slider stopped working after I'd only owned the headphones for two weeks. I could have returned them for this but didn't because I didn't use the headphone volume control much so it wasn't worth the journey back to Argos.

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      29.07.2015 15:15
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      • "good length on wire"
      • "comfortable around the ears"
      • "look the part"

      Disadvantages

      • " bad listening experience"
      • " bad"
      • bad
      • "distorts sounds"

      Go to the 99p store and buy something better

      I expected these to be a good set of headphones, firstly, due to the name on them, Alba, as I have had other products from this company and had never had anything that disappointed.
      Secondly, as these really did look and feel the part, even though they cost less than a fiver.
      Sadly though, I have to say that I have taken a little bad turn in my expectations when it comes to things called Alba as these headphones were a complete waste of my money and my time.
      Allow me to explain.
      As I said, these looked the part, having soft padded ear cups on either side, which is good for people with two ears, and a rather fine looking head band that can be adjusted to fit the largest of heads, and the smallest, with-in reason.
      However, when it came to actually using them the sound quality was akin to listening to my dog singing soprano whilst having a bath, in mud, on a wet day.
      The left side speaker sounded muffled, with the other side making my Take That album sound like it was recorded onto a vinyl disk in 1972.
      the ear muffs are comfortable, to a point, but as all padded muffs they do leave my ear lobes a little hot and almost bothered. I expected that and am not saying that is a down side for just these. Although wrapping padding up with a thin layer of leather is not going to let your ears breath.
      The lead from the 3.5mm jack is a nice length, almost 3 metres, which means that they are designed to let you sit in your armchair in front of the stereo without strangling yourself.

      I have mentioned the cost of these, being less than a fiver, but even if I bought these at a 99p store I would be disappointed. They are, in the technical world, a pile of poop and are designed to annoy straight from the start.

      My general advice if you're thinking of getting these. Don't do it. Not even for £4. they're not worth it.

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      28.05.2015 23:36
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      • "good sound"
      • cheap

      Disadvantages

      • "not for gamers"

      Great bargain headphones

      About a year ago my old headphones broke and I needed a quick replacement. I was planning to buy me new Dr. Dre headphones the following month on my trip to America, however til then I was desperately searching for a quick and cheap substitute. I came across this Alba Full Stereo Headphones on eBay. The price was very low, just slightly over £10. I was not expecting miracles from this headphones, however Alba company is quite reliable so I was confident the headphones could last as least the month which I needed.
      The delivery was very quick, I received my new headphones already the following day. The whole packaging was very solid and the headphones arrived undamaged. The headphone jack fits in most sockets, I can use it with my tablet, phone or laptop without any problems.
      The quality of the sound is very good when I consider how little I paid for this product. There is no cracking sound in the background and the dialogues in movies are very clear. When listening to music I found the sound a little weaker, especially by listening to my favorite jazz music. However for the price is the quality still amazing! But this product is definitely not suitable for gamers. I tried this headphones with a basic NHL game and the game sound quality was not vibrant.
      I would recommend this headphones for a basic use or as a temporary replacement. You definitely get a great quality piece for as little as ten pounds!

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      31.07.2014 23:35
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      • "sounds good"
      • "great product"

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      • "little tinny"

      Good quality Headphones

      Head phones have a number of different uses, which is what makes them so good. This set of head phones is made by the popular company Alba, who make many electronic products.

      These head phones where the first we ever owned, we mainly purchased these due to them being so cheap. They were around ten pounds, which for head phones is very cheap, considering they can go anywhere up to £200 for one set of them.

      They sound really good, but i find that with some songs, especially anything that sounds like rap music, it tends to sound a little tinny. It does not affect usage of them, but for those of you who enjoy that type of music these may not be the right choice for you.

      I tend to watch television on the laptop with these when my partner is asleep, as she tends to shout when i have it on loud haha! The head phones tend to fit most standard sized jacks, so you can use them with Ipods, Iphone, laptops, televisions, most phones and mp3 players but to name a few. The head phones are in black, and are a wired pair, which i prefer to the ones that can be connected by wireless, i think they are much more reliable than them.

      Overall, this is a really good set of first head phones. Anyone who has not tried head phones before, i suggest trying these out. They are cheap and very reliable. A good quality product that is suitable for everyone!

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      03.03.2014 09:44
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      • Reliability

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      Surprisingly good cheap headphones

      My middle son presents a slight dilemma in his choice of headphones. On the one hand, he hates things sticking in his ears, which rules out the small buds; on the other hand he is extremely likely to lose, sit on or otherwise break the things, and so we are reluctant to hand over too much of the folding stuff.

      We were therefore very pleased to spot these headphones in the Argos catalogue. At just £4.99 it seemed like a real bargain, and even if they weren't great or didn't last all that long, they would hopefully do him for a while. They looked fairly plain, being made of black plastic, but we didn't want anything fancy.

      I was pleasantly surprised by how thick and padded the earmuff bits were. I was expecting something fairly thin and just for show, but in fact they are fairly substantial. You can easily adjust their width and placement, and they are quite comfortable. The volume is controllable using a dial on the lead, which is quite a convenient place as it is generally in easy reach. The jack lead plugs into the computer or DVD player, with no other adjustment or software required. It's a decent length, so you don't have to stay hunched over the computer but can sit several feet away, or move around, without any problem.

      My son uses them a lot - he often listens to music whilst reading or painting, so they have had a great deal of use in the last 2.5 years, and they are still working well. It's not that he treats them particularly well, but they are actually fairly robust, and have lasted far better and far longer than we anticipated - a pleasant surprise in this age of built in obsolescence! The only thing that's happened is that a couple of weeks ago one of the plastic lugs that holds the earmuffs to the supporting bracket broke. Luckily I was able to drill a hole, put in a screw and chop it to the same length, so is fixed in place as well as ever.

      Most of this review is from my son's perspective, however I do borrow them occasionally, for instance to watch a video without disturbing anyone else, and they are really quite good - comfy, with good volume control, undistorted sound and easy to adjust. I can certainly say that they are well insulated - if you have the sound up to a moderate level you can't hear someone talking to you. I leave it to the reader to decide if this is an advantage or not!

      We were sufficiently impressed that we bought a second set for my daughter, who's 8. She also finds them easy to use and is very happy with them. They stay on her head very well without either slipping off or being too tight.

      All in all I'm very happy with these earphones. They couldn't be described as stylish or sophisticated, but they do the job very well indeed. If you're looking for a budget set of earphones, you won't go far wrong. Kudos to Argos and Alba; in this case cheap and cheerful is also long-lasting and robust.

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